AUSTIN – The Texas Workforce Commission today announced that Texas saw continued seasonally adjusted job growth in February with the addition of 7,100 positions for the month. Texas’ seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell to 4.3 percent in February, down from 4.4 percent in January. Texas continues to maintain an unemployment rate well below the U.S. national unemployment rate which now stands at 5.5 percent. Following the release, Governor Abbott issued the following statement:
WASHINGTON – The Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Tourism, has been named as a leader of the FDI Frontlines Coalition, a national organization focused on arming state, regional and local economic development organizations (EDOs) with the resources they need to attract more foreign direct investment (FDI).
Texas is once again the top state for job-creating capital investment projects.
We have built a framework that allows free enterprise to flourish, including less government, low taxes, reasonable regulations and the right-to-work laws that attract job creators and keep job growth here in the state of Texas. As governor, I intend to do more to build an even stronger business environment. READ MORE
Governor Greg Abbott today accepted the 2014 Governor’s Cup, an award given annually by Site Selection Magazine to recognize the top performing state for capital investment attraction in a season that lasts all year. 2014 was the third year in a row and sixth year since 2004 that Texas has been honored with the award.
AUSTIN – The United States Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics recently released information detailing state-by-state graduation rates in 2012-13, with Texas’ Class of 2013 graduating at a rate of 88 percent and outpacing the national average of 81 percent. This was the third consecutive year the state’s high school graduation rate eclipsed the national average.
Governor Greg Abbott today delivered his 2015 State of the State address to a joint session of the Texas House and Senate. In his remarks, Governor Abbott laid out his legislative priorities and detailed a roadmap to achieve his agenda. The Governor also announced five emergency items: early education, higher education research initiatives, transportation funding, border security funding and ethics reform.
According to today’s U.S. Census Bureau’s press release ,Texas is a leader in the global marketplace. In 2014, for the thirteenth year in a row, Texas was ranked as the number one state by export revenues. Texas exports for 2014 totaled almost $289.02 billion, up from over $279.5 billion in 2014. The state’s exports outperformed overall U.S. exports, which only grew by 2.4 percent to $1.62 trillion in 2014 from $1.58 trillion in 2013. MORE
AUSTIN – Governor Greg Abbott today addressed the National Federation of Independent Business’ (NFIB) Small Business Day Luncheon where he highlighted his plan to make Texas number one in the nation for women-owned businesses. In addition to delivering remarks, Governor Abbott received the “Champion of Small Business Award” from the NFIB and the “Fiesta Medal” from the National Association of Women Business Owners (San Antonio).
Governor Greg Abbott today announced the restructuring of key Governor’s Office divisions to increase the agency’s focus on economic development and job creation. Under the restructuring announced today, the Texas Film Commission, the Texas Music Office, the Women’s Commission and the Workforce Investment Council will now report to the Director of Economic Development. Today’s move is designed to align these divisions under the Economic Development Director so that each of the agencies is sharply focused on advancing the Governor’s job-creation agenda.
Texas Governor Greg Abbott traveled to Edinburg to attend the announcement of a major grant by United Health Foundation to the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley School of Medicine Thursday evening.